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out in the community, right? i think you were mentioning that. we have an amends part of our program where people make amends. that can commonly look like distributing bags of lunches to homeless populations. and that's when prevention comes in because that person receiving that lunch bag from one of our clients as part of their amends project is maybe talking to somebody that they knew on the street. and they are seeing that this person is in recovery and that it's possible and there's your prevention. also with our population, prevention has to take place in the bars, in the baths, in the clubs, and in the raves. it has to be out there in the community. so we are constantly talking about safe sex, need for treatment, need for precautions, and stepping stone becomes almost like an island of sobriety in the lgbt community that is kind of spreading out in a lot of different ways. you know, it is interesting because i truly believe that prevention needs to be focused
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communities by communities, block by block. and no matter who lives in the block- but coalitions are so crucial for us to disseminate in terms of underage drinking and the prevention. give us an example, marco, of how block by block manifests itself in the latino community? so we have a coalition- actually, it's paid by the csap, the prevention, federal government in which we focus the underage drinking. so we have formed a coalition and the ecosystem becomes a part- the schools, police, community organizations, banks, everybody is involved in that and we bring together. and interesting, we hire moms to policing, if you want to say, patrol, there's a patrol, policing- so the moms are- the moms are working with us in terms of making sure that the crowds, the street, they go to school. and it's so active, involved, the community,
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that they are feeling like they are contributing and besides they are making a little money for their families. so i truly believe, you know, this notion of coalition and being involved in community, block clubs, can promulgate, disseminate the importance of prevention, especially in the substance abuse. and i'd like to stress, as an add on, not only are you doing block by block by having the representatives, members of the families in the community, but also the religious community, the faith community. and the african-american community, i suspect, that's critical- that plays a major role. so you want to reach out to the pastors, you want to reach out to the reverends. but not just in the african-american community, because your religious leaders in any other community, whether it's buddhist or sikh or jewish or muslim, you really want the religious leaders to understand that nobody escapes alcohol and drugs. the majority of your congregation may be alcohol and
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drug free, but there are people in your congregation who are not, and it's an issue, just as we're talking about. so using community coalitions, outreach in the faith community regardless of your religious orientation makes it clear that alcohol and drugs are a problem and that recovery from them can occur and that prevention is an important message. because we find silence- when we look at our household survey data, when people stop viewing a particular drug as a potential threat to the community, that drug becomes a threat to the community. that's bizarre, but that's what happens. we stop thinking of it as a potential threat and it becomes a threat. so we need to make sure that the whole community embraces that ecosystem that marco was talking about. that's the issue. we have a recovery-oriented environment which starts with community coalitions recognizing that
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alcohol and drugs are a problem and then move toward the treatment community and then to the recovery environment. and i just wanted to add something real quick. within the native american communities, in order for recovery to really take hold, because alcohol as an addiction is real prevalent among our people, the community has to heal from within. you can have an army of sources coming from the outside, but unless the community is vested in it and heals itself, whatever you do will be moot. and i think increasingly, going back to national alcohol and drug addiction recovery month, the fact that individuals are more increasingly coming forward and telling their stories and talking about their own recovery- i think- and paying back, as you were saying, they can not only be used to help people create a peer support,
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but also to create a sense within that community block to help prevent other folks from having to deal with this issue. role models have to come from the community. it's not for a super star, it has to be seen as real, your neighbor, your father, your uncle. and it's so crucial because sometimes we think the role model should be the basketball star and they are so untouchable that they can't relate it. but if we create these role models in terms of your family, your teacher, your pastor, that will be very successful in terms of disseminating. and kids look up to the role models that we have created in our communities. and that's why drug courts are very important - alternatives to incarceration, they are very important.
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the cherokee drug court, what happens is when you have a graduate, they come back and become a mentor to the rest of the defendants. and being in a small community like my reservation, chances are they used together. so when the one that is new into the court sees their party buddy being clean and sober, working a good job, clean, it works. they go how did you do it? well, i'll tell you about it, this is how i did it. and it's sort of like that peer networking. dr. clark, you wanted to add something? yes, and that becomes important. the criminal justice system, law enforcement, the judges, we need to see them as an integral part of the community ethos and the mores of the community so that we get all aspects of the community working together in harmony, that ecosystem again. because if the community is not safe, then you'll
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find attitudes in the community are really negative toward the individuals in the community who have a alcohol and drug problem. so we want to make sure that it's not only a good public health message, but a good public safety message. and the drug courts are a good model for achieving that, demonstrating that an individual who has a alcohol and drug problem who may have violated the law, but who is nonviolent, can restructure their lives in a way that benefits not only themselves, but their family and the larger community. and a good model for the entire community to support those in recovery is national alcohol and drug addiction recovery month celebrated every september. we encourage you to get engaged, get involved, conduct events, and look specifically in your community for those individuals that are in recovery, that are giving back to their community, giving back to their families. we want you to laud them and applaud them because
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they have done a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and to overcome addiction. i want to thank you for being here, it was a great show. [music] for a copy of this program or other programs in the "road to recovery" series, call samhsa at 1-800-662-help or order online at and click multimedia. [music] every september, national alcohol and drug addiction recovery month provides an opportunity for communities like yours to raise awareness of alcohol and drug use disorders and highlight the effectiveness of treatment. in order to help you plan events and activities in commemoration of this year's recovery month observance, the free recovery month kit offers ideas, materials, and tools for planning,
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organizing, and realizing an event or outreach campaign that matches your goals and resources. to obtain your copy of this year's recovery month kit and gain access to other free publications and materials related to addiction treatment and recovery issues, visit the recovery month web site at or call 1-800-662-help. it's important that everyone become involved because addiction is our nation's number one health problem and treatment is our best tool to address it. [music]
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September 23, 2010 9:00pm-9:30pm PST

TOPIC FREQUENCY National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month 3, Marco 2, African-american 2, Dr. Clark 1, Lgbt 1, Samhsa 1, Csap 1, Stepping Stone 1
Network SFGTV2
Duration 00:30:00
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